Four-star hotel Auberge de la Maison, in Courmayeur, has launched Le Solitaire – a ‘lonely’ gourmet experience. Rose Dykins reports
The upscale Auberge de la Maison hotel in Courmayeur Mont Blanc has launched a socially distanced dining experience, curated for a Covid-19 era.
Le Solitaire involves dining with a companion, surrounded by nothing but fresh Alpine air and incredible views.
Situated at the base of Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco in Italian), Le Auberge de la Maison is an ideal escape for travellers seeking Isolation Vacations – a trend identified by Globetrender in its recent report, Travel in the Age of Covid-19.Set in a summer meadow 60 metres from Auberge de la Maison hotel, the Le Solitaire experience is designed to offer complete privacy. Diners arrive via the hotel’s gardens to find a solitary table waiting for them.
An artisan picnic basket can be summoned via a pulley system, which was installed by local Courmayeur guides. This means service is totally interrupted, as there is no waiter to attend the table. Instead, the pulley system connects the picnic basket directly to the hotel’s kitchen.
(If you feel inspired to create your own al fresco dining set-up, a good place to start is investing in a farmhouse dining table.)
Guests can choose Le Solitaire for a lunch, dinner, or an aperitif. The experience can be booked as part of a package with the Auberge de la Maison hotel – for €580 per couple, guests also get a two-night bed-and-breakfast stay in a room of their choice, and an alpine herbal and flower bath prepared for them.
From June until October, the popular ski resort of Courmayeur Mont Blanc flourishes with vivid green pastures and meadows. Travellers seeking to escape the bustle of city life arrive at the destination to explore unspoilt hiking trails, valley views and still lakes.
As well as its spectacular scenery, Courmayeur is famous fo its après-ski scene and its world-class dining – celebrity chefs Heston Blumenthal and Marcus Wareing are among those who have launched culinary experiences at the resort.
The centre of the village is car-free, making it easy for guests to stroll between its designer shops, fine-dining restaurants and lively bars.
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